February 24, 2020 · AMOLF Lecture Room · Itai Cohen (Cornell University, New York)

Electronically integrated microscopic robots

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Using the tools of physics and design principles, AMOLF researchers study complex matter, such as light at the nanoscale, living matter, designer matter and nanoscale solar cells. These insights open up opportunities to create new functional materials and to find solutions to societal challenges.

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    Using noise to enhance optical sensing In conventional sensing methods, noise is always a problem, especially in systems that are meant to detect changes in their environment that are hardly …

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Alphabet of 140 puzzle-pieces programs origami

How can a single origami crease pattern be folded into two precisely defined target shapes? Researchers at AMOLF and Leiden University have created an ‘alphabet’ of 140 origami ‘puzzle-pieces’ that allows them to do just that, as described today in Nature Physics. This discovery could help in the construction of origami robots and towards designing smart programmable materials.

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Microscope prints patterns at the nanoscale

Researchers from AMOLF’s 3D-Photovoltaics group have successfully used an atomic force microscope to electrochemically print at the nanoscale. This technique can print structures for a new generation of solar cells on chips. The researchers published their results in the journal Nanoscale.

 

 

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